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An apt title for a book which turned me inside out.

A complicated tale, for sure, but a story with gave me a book hangover. There were many twists and turns like a ball of knotted yarn that smoothed out only in the last chapter when the author Alison Gaylin revealed the truth. A title which asked me never to look back but forced me to think about it for quite some time. It was ironical.

Quentin had a crime podcast Closure, he was investigating the murder spree a teen couple, Gabriel and April, committed in the 1970s. Garrison was linked to the spree. He needed closure, though it came to him in a different manner. Robin loved her mom Renee who was proclaimed to be April by Quentin. But before further investigation could be done, Renee and her husband were shot… What was the truth?

My first book by this author, the story had its past told via the words of April and the present via Robin. Both the ladies were enigmatic, their lives complicated. How they were related to each other was the shocker.

The author did not pull back her punches, though slow to start, it whooped me a solid one which had me rearing back. Originally, I read it as an audiobook, but later realized the complexed tale needed the imagery of the words so that the impact could be powerfully felt.

A winding lane with offshoots of characters, a crime podcast, both past and present murders, the writing kept its hypnotic power on me all though the night with the strength of the words. The suspense was built slowly, but later gripped my mind completely. Well developed characters revealing their secrets slowly made it captivating.

A fabulous book which needed its own space and silence to read it. A great midnight read!!

I bought the digital and audio version of the book via an online portal, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben—with a Serial-esque podcast twist—an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series.

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.

Robin thinks Quentin’s claim is absolutely absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin’s beloved parents are the one absolute she’s always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband and frequent threats from internet trolls. She knows her mother better than anyone—or so she believes. But all that changes when, in an apparent home invasion, Robin’s father is killed and her mother’s life hangs in the balance.

Told through the eyes of Robin, podcaster Quentin, and a series of letters written by fifteen-year-old April Cooper at the time of the killings, Never Look Back asks the question:

How well do we really know our parents, our partners—and ourselves?

Publication Date: July 2019

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